• Work of Powder Post Beetle
    Work of Powder Post Beetle
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Powdering a. & n. from Powder v. t.
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The Powder Monkey The Powder Monkey
milk, baking powder, bowl, etc milk, baking powder, bowl, etc

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Chili Powder was invented in the 19th century in the American Southwest
    • n powdering plural Small pieces of fur powdered or sprinkled on other furs, in resemblance to the spots on ermine; also, bands of ermine. Powderings have been worn on the capes of the robes of English peers as part of the insignia of rank; and the design has been often reproduced in heraldic bearings.
    • n powdering Decoration by means of numerous small figures, usually the same figure often repeated. See powdered, 2.
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  • Thomas Carlyle
    “The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion.”
  • Oliver Cromwell
    “Put your trust in God and keep your powder dry.”


Keep your powder dry - If you keep your powder dry, you act cautiously so as not to damage your chances.
Powder your nose - If somebody goes to powder your nose, it is a euphemism for going to the lavatory (toilet).


In literature:

Washing powders are sometimes used instead of washing soda.
"General Science" by Bertha M. Clark
Let it dry and then apply Pratts Healing Ointment or Healing Powder two or three times a day.
"Pratt's Practical Pointers on the Care of Livestock and Poultry" by Pratt Food Co.
Powdered steel, ground fine enough, will burn if simply exposed to air.
"Space Tug" by Murray Leinster
Oyster-shell powder and subcarbonate of potash, or soda, are usually employed for that purpose.
"A Treatise on Adulterations of Food, and Culinary Poisons" by Fredrick Accum
The Powder-boy returns the spare powder and the passing-boxes to the magazine.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
For this they were willing to trade rum, but not guns, knives, powder, or bullets.
"At War with Pontiac" by Kirk Munroe and J. Finnemore
Fortunately the great pack saddles were a protection, and they emerged on the other side with both salt and powder dry.
"The Young Trailers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
In the olden days hair-powder was largely used in this country, and many circumstances connected with its history are curious and interesting.
"At the Sign of the Barber's Pole" by William Andrews
The great thing that we need is powder.
"No Surrender!" by G. A. Henty
He was without food {57} or powder, and had to choose between starvation or surrender to the Iroquois.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut

In poetry:

Powder and ball and blunder-buss
To save me if he can,
And eke five guineas if he shoot
A resurrection man.
"The Surgeon's Warning" by Robert Southey
An eye powdered over, half melted and solid again
Ideas that collapse
At the first touch of attention
"Old Age Gets Up" by Ted Hughes
Delhi gates were encircled with a fringe of fire,
But the British resolved to die rather than retire;
And the brave fellows rushed, towards the gate
Carrying the powder bags that were to seal the Sepoys' fate.
"The Downfall of Delhi" by William Topaz McGonagall
And come out on the morning troop
Of merry friends who kissed my cheek,
And called me queen, and made me stoop
Under the canopy-(a streak
That pierced it, of the outside sun,
Powdered with gold its gloom's soft dun)-
"Count Gismond--Aix in Provence" by Robert Browning
Dick's dead! It was the Polack guard
Put powdered glass into his cage
When I was tramping round the yard,—
I could have killed him in my rage.
I slugged him with that wrench I stole:
That's why I'm rotting in the Hole.
"Convicts Love Canaries" by Robert W Service
My fuses are timed to charge his heart,
He blew like powder to the light
And held a little sabbath with the sun,
But when the stars, assuming shape,
Drew in his eyes the straws of sleep
He drowned his father's magics in a dream.
"When Once The Twilight Locks No Longer" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

Elastomer-Driven Seals for Abrasive Powder Processes.
Noma's Shrimp and Sea Urchin Powder.
Find more white papers on Powder & Solids.
These are photos from the 7th Annual Blondes vs Brunettes Powder Puff football game benefiting the Alzheimer 's Association.
The array of colorful and aromatic dried plants, powders, tinctures and tonics creates something of a sensory Olympiad in the two-year-old shop.
Clashes in Libya, International Women's Day, pancake race, Powder Day festival, Earth from space and more around the world.
Mexican corn salad seasoned with mayonnaise, chili powder, crumbled cheese, and lime juice.
Baking powder 1 /2 oz.
1/2 cup instant iced tea powder.
Stir in the curry powder to coat.
Curry powder, or to taste.
2 tablespoons madras curry powder.
Powder Coating Basics Powdered Plastic.
Powder receivers operate on the same principle as standard receivers but provide vacuum transfer of powders and dusty regrind with the help of centralized vacuum pumps and controls.
Antimicrobial powder coatings - featuring silver as a key antimicrobial ingredient - are raising the powder coating industry to new heights.

In science:

Kockelmann during experiments on GEM, ISIS (UK). D.O. and G.B. thank the STFC (UK) for the purchase of the isotopically enriched Sm2O3 powder for this experiment.
Multiferroic properties and magnetic structure of Sm1-xYxMnO3
Powder and single crystal X-ray measurements confirmed all samples to be single phase crystals with lattice parameters that increase monotonically with Br content.
Crystals for neutron scattering studies of quantum magnetism
As a RL system we consider specifically a layer of compressed powder of laser-active material, whereby the grains act as random scatterers and at the same time as amplifying medium.
Coherent feedback from dissipation: the lasing mode volume of random lasers
Chang, “Random Laser Action in Semiconductor Powder.” Phys.
Coherent feedback from dissipation: the lasing mode volume of random lasers
The composition and crystal structure were determined by an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDXS) attached to a scanning electron microscope (SEM), and powder Xray diffraction (XRD).
Magnetic glass in Shape Memory Alloy : Ni45Co5Mn38Sn12